RSK announce the acquisition of Calibrate Energy Engineering

RSK, a global leader in the delivery of sustainable solutions, has announced the acquisition of Calibrate Energy Engineering, a leading provider of commercial heating and chilling systems, which will enhance the group’s strength in the renewable energy sector.

Based near Bamburgh, Northumberland, the company’s team operates in the agriculture, chemical processing, food and drink, tourism and leisure, manufacturing, industry and education sectors with a focus on energy and cost savings. The business is multi-award winning and recognised as innovative in its field and has over the last decade developed particular expertise transforming production efficiencies of large agri-businesses.

Recent projects have included West Ancroft Farm in the Borders, where a 6MW heatpump dries one of the largest tonnages of grain in the country, Duncotes Farm in Shropshire, chilling the largest tonnages of potatoes in the UK and Kennetsideheads Farm, who were awarded Tesco Sustainability Dairy Farmer of the Year in 2023. In the tourism and leisure industry, they have installed a system at Newbiggin Maritime Centre in Northumberland.

Calibrate Energy Engineering Director Susie McDonald, who will continue to lead the business, said:

“We are thrilled to become part of RSK Group in order to realise our vision to grow and make a greater impact with what we do. Although we are a progressive business, we have always been a small business with big ideas to expand into new industries. This acquisition allows us to take those ideas and accomplish our strategy quicker and with greater effect and we welcome the support and impressive credentials of RSK Group to enable us to accomplish that. In return, we are able to offer RSK Group a unique set of knowledge and skills to their wide scope of credentials.”

RSK Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Ryder said: “Calibrate’s expert use of ground and air-source heat pumps and combined heat and power technologies have been designed to significantly reduce fossil fuel costs, greenhouse gas emissions and so perfectly aligns with the RSK commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The application of these technologies across a wide range of sectors, from agriculture to chemical processing, industry, education and food and leisure, offers a great deal of opportunity across the RSK Group of companies and will enhance our renewable energy offering. We look forward to working with the Calibrate team in the multi-sector application of their expertise to help stimulate their continued growth and support our wider business ambitions in the renewables sector.”

The advisers to the shareholders of Calibrate were Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance.